Dr. Aurélia Mouzet received a Ph.D. in Francophone Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Western Paris. Her research focuses on the intersection of myths, religion, and politics in literature, theatre, and cinema of the Black Atlantic. Dr. Mouzet's first monograph, to be published by Classiques Garnier in 2023, analyzes the flows of transatlantic cultural exchange between Africa and its diasporas as revealed by the « devenir-mythe » of Moses. By articulating the concepts of Black Atlantic and Literary Atlantic, she argues for the elaboration of a library of the Literary Black Atlantic. Based on a corpus of Francophone, Anglophone, and Hispanophone novels, the book proposes to see how the reversal of the biblical myth of Moses allows writers to question its liberating potential and the power of literature with regard to Black experiences. She is currently working on a documentary film that investigates the impact of racism on communities of the black Atlantic. She is also the founding director of Talk-it-OUT! , a forum theatre program designed to enhance learning and increase student ownership in the classroom, foster dialogue on social, political, and cultural issues of our time, as well as build bridges among communities by producing audacious work from - and for - a diversity of voices.
FREN 310 – Spoken French in Cultural Context
This course is focused almost exclusively on oral communication. The course fosters open-mindedness through informed discussion of commonalities and differences between American and French/Francophone cultures. It enables students to sharpen their oral communication skills.
FREN 445 – Francophone Cultures and Traditions
A survey course that introduces students to major movements and issues relative to the Francophone world. Students will gain a general understanding of key concepts and debates from an overview of dominant historical trends and current preoccupations.
FREN 545 – Francophone Cultures and Traditions
A survey course that introduces students to major movements and issues relative to the Francophone world. Students will gain a general understanding of key concepts and debates from an overview of dominant historical trends and current preoccupations. Graduate-level requirements include development and demonstration of skills in research, theory, and criticism. Papers are also longer.